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Never forget Kutastha, who is present in all states from creation to destruction in the form of a deep black colour. He is constantly present, observe Him, perpetually remember Him through Omkara Kriya.

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"Banat, Banat, Ban Jai !" (‘Making, making, some day made!’)

It was Lahiri Mahasaya’s encouragement to persevere in meditation.

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Seek Divine wealth, not the paltry tinsel of earth. After acquiring inward treasure, you will find that outward supply is always forthcoming.

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"No matter what the disciple's problem, the guru advised Kriya Yoga for its solution."

" The yogic key will not lose its efficiency when I am no longer present in the body to guide you. This technique cannot be bound, filed, and forgotten, in the manner of theoretical inspirations. "

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The master never counseled slavish belief. "Words are only shells," he said. Win conviction of God's presence through your own joyous contact in meditation.

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Solve your problems through meditation. Exchange unprofitable speculation for actual God-communion.

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The scene was a 'Kumbha Mela' at Allahabad," Lahiri Mahasaya told his disciples. "I had gone there during a short vacation from my office duties. As I wandered amidst the throng of monks and sadhus who had come from great distances to attend the holy festival, I noticed an ash smeared ascetic who was holding a begging bowl. The thought arose in my mind that the man was hypocritical, wearing the outward symbols of renunciation without corresponding inward grace.

- From " Autobiography of a Yogi " p 310

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New hope for new men! "Divine union," the Yogavatar proclaimed, " is possible through self-effort, and is not dependent on theological beliefs or on the arbitrary will of a Cosmic Dictator."

Through use of the 'Kriya' key, persons who cannot bring themselves to believe in the divinity of any man will behold at last the full divinity of their own selves.

- From " Autobiography of a Yogi "

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In reference to miracles, Lahiri Mahasaya often said, "The operation of subtle laws which are unknown to people in general should not be publicly discussed or published without due discrimination.

From "Autobiography of a Yogi" p 323

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The law of 'Kriya Yoga' is eternal. It is true like mathematics; like the simple rules of addition and subtraction, the law of 'Kriya' can never be destroyed. Burn to ashes all the books on mathematics, the logically-minded will always rediscover such truths; destroy all the sacred books on Yoga, its fundamental laws will come out whenever there appears a true yogi who comprises within himself pure devotion and consequently pure knowledge.

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The life of Lahiri Mahasaya set an example which changed the erroneous notion that Yoga is a mysterious practice. Every man may find a way through 'Kriya' to understand his proper relation with nature, and to feel spiritual reverence for all phenomena, whether mystical or of everyday occurrence, in spite of the matter-of-factness of physical science. We must bear in mind that what was mystical a thousand years ago is no longer so, and what is mysterious now may become lawfully intelligible a hundred years hence. It is the Infinite, the Ocean of Power, that is at the back of all manifestations.

From "Autobiography of a Yogi" p 322

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He who has attained a state of calmness wherein his eyelids do not blink, has achieved 'Shambhavi Mudra'.

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A number of Lahiri Mahasaya's disciples with influential wordily position were desirous of expanding the 'Kriya' circle by publicity. The guru refused his permission. One chela, the royal physician to the Lord of Benares, started an organized effort to spread the master's name as "Kashi Baba" (Exalted One of Benares)*. Again the guru forbade it.
"Let the fragrance of the 'Kriya' flower be wafted naturally, without any display," he said. " Its seeds will take root in the soil of spirituality fertile hearts."

* - Other titles bestowed on Lahiri Mahasaya by his disciples were 'Yogibar' (greatest of yogis), Yogiraj (king of yogis), and 'Munibar' (greatest of saints), to which I have added 'Yogavatar" (incarnation of yoga).

~ From "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda

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If you don't invite God to be your summer Guest, He won't come in the winter of your life.

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Years ago there was a devotee from England who asked to receive Kriya. He was very sweet and sincere, and had been on the path for many years, but never felt worthy of receiving Kriya. Some humble souls are like that; they see the greatness of the Guru and the teachings and they hold back.

This devotee explained to the Kriya counselor something that happened years before: Lahiri Mahasaya had appeared to him in a dream and told him he should be practicing Kriya. And then Lahiri Mahasaya told him how to do it! But then he became worried that perhaps it was his own desire that had created the dream, and so he was still walled off from feeling deserving of such a tremendous technique. The man had a daughter, and she became interested in the teachings, and one year at Convocation she received Kriya Yoga.

Afterwards he said to his daughter, “Tell me, is this what it is? Is this how it’s done?” She did not reveal the technique to him, but he explained to her what Lahiri Mahasaya had given him in his dream. His daughter listened and then she told him, “That’s exactly what we were taught!”

You can imagine with what joy we enrolled him in the Lessons!

Sister Priya, talk notes

from SRF-YSS Sri Lahiri Mahasaya Mahasamadhi & Birth Event (Sept. 26 & 30)

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Always remember that you belong to no one, and no one belongs to you. Reflect that some day you will suddenly have to leave everything in this world-so make the acquaintanceship of God now. Prepare yourself for the coming astral journey of death by daily riding in the balloon of God-perception. Through delusion you are perceiving yourself as a bundle of flesh and bones, which at best is a nest of troubles. Meditate unceasingly, that you may quickly behold yourself as the Infinite Essence, free from every form of misery. Cease being a prisoner of the body; using the secret key of Kriya, learn to escape into Spirit

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The great guru taught his disciples to avoid theoretical discussion of the scriptures.

"He only is wise who devotes himself to realizing, not reading only, the ancient revelations," he said. "Solve all your problems through meditation. Exchange unprofitable religious speculations for actual God-contact. Clear your mind of dogmatic theological debris; let in the fresh, healing waters of direct perception. Attune yourself to the active inner Guidance; the Divine Voice has the answer to every dilemma of life. Through man's ingenuity for getting himself into trouble appears to be endless, the Infinite Succor is no less resourceful."

~ From "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Yogananda, p 315

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Mahavatar Babaji to Lahiri Mahasaya: "The millions who are encumbered by family ties and heavy worldly duties will take new heart from you, a householder like themselves.... A sweet new breath of divine hope will penetrate the arid hearts of worldly men. From your balanced life, they will understand that liberation is dependent on inner, rather than outer, renunciations."

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My worship is of a very strange kind.
In this Ganga water is not required.
No special utensils are necessary.
Even flowers are redundant.
In this puja all gods have disappeared.
And emptiness has emerged with euphoria.

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Do not worship the mere outward show of renunciation, which has no meaning. What has meaning can never be had, can never be learned, from another. You can find it yourself when you are really simple when you have not the ashes of outward renunciation but the inward freedom from all conflicts, suppression, ambitions, imitations. Such a person is really a creative human being who will really help the world.

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